Archive for March, 2010

Industry News

Friday, March 26th, 2010


March 26, 2010- Many in the Art Supply Industry are shocked at the news that Jay Shapiro, co-owner of Binders’s in Atlanta and Charlotte passed away last night. Michael Hammer sums up beautifully a sentiment held deeply by many of us,”Jay was a good friend to so many…a kind, compassionate man who cared deeply about his family, his partner Howard Krinsky, their employees, customers and suppliers. My prayers are are also with his wife Andee and their 3 beautiful boys, Stuart, Scott and Max;  as well as Howard and the Binders’ family.” Jay was diagnosed with brain cancer a few short weeks ago and waged a valiant fight. Details about his funeral have not yet been released.

When you meet Jay and Howard you feel their love!

Industry News

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

carl3_200Big news at Golden: Mark Golden has entered into an agreement to buy the boutique manufacturer Williamsburg Oil Paints from Beverly Plansky. The deal should be completed by June 1st. Williamsburg was founded in 1986 by Bev’s brother painter Carl Plansky. Carl passed away in October of last year at the age of 58. The memorial on the Williamsburg’s web site explains the essence of what Carl created, “What sets Williamsburg oil paints apart from many other paints on the market was Carl himself. No corporate decision dictated the economics of his paint or which colors to introduce.” In Golden’s careful hands, look for the legacy to continue!

p1000620Tombow Pencil Co. of Tokyo, Japan named Jeffery Hinn president and chief executive officer of its subsidiary, American Tombow, Inc. Hinn was promoted from from vice president of sales & marketing to president and CEO.

Jay Shapiro

Jay Shapiro

Jay Shapiro, one of the owners of Binders in Atlanta and Charlotte is headed to Duke University after doctors discovered a brain tumor through an MRI scan on March 5th. The visit to Duke will help determine the best course of treatment. We’re rooting for you Jay! Please keep Jay and family in your thoughts and prayers. If you would like to stay up to date on Jay’s fight or offer encouragement, visit the Caring Bridge Website.

cathy-mines Art Creations in Chattanooga, TN:  Tony Mine’s mother Lilly passed away on February 24th after suffering a massive stroke.  She was 94 years old. Lilly Mines started working at The Little Art Shop in Chattanooga 50 years ago and Tony bought the store in 1974. Continuing at the store, she was known for her happy personality and gracious spirit. Four days after her death, Tony’s daughter in law Cathy and son Jason welcomed into this world Jason Anthony Mines! Lilly would have been so proud!

photo-6It’s baby time for the art industry! Our very own Rachel Thompson and husband Alex announce the birth of Clementine Grace Thompson this past weekend. The stats please: 8.12 lbs and 21 inches long. Both Clementine and her parents are doing fine.

dsc01852Former Michaels art materials buyer Mike Parker has landed a job at an Omaha general merchandise chain retailer name Pamida where he will be responsible for all of Kids, Boy and Girl, Infants and Toddler, and Kids equipment – Car seats, cribs etc.


The NAMTA election results are in:
DOMESTIC RETAILER (One Seat Available)
Kevin Lavin, DaVinci Artist Supply – New York, New York, USA

Richard Goodban, ColArt Fine Art & Graphics/Winsor & Newton – Harrow, Middlesex, United Kingdom

DOMESTIC SUPPLIER (Three Seats Available)
Pete Cole, Gamblin Artists Colors Co. – Portland, Oregon
Barbara Schindler, Golden Artist Colors, Inc. – Lynbrook, New York
Frank Stapleton, MacPherson’s – Emeryville, California

conte-300x3002It’s official: Conté Crayons and Pastels will be distributed in the USA by ColArt Americas beginning in the next few months. Previously the line was distributed by Elmer’s.

Check Out Elmer’s New Product

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010



  • A complete project accessory line that aids in display board creation!
  • Creating show stopping displays has never been easier!
  • Perfect for kids and adults in need of products for school projects and other forms of signage including parties, garage sales, car washes, pep rallies, and fundraisers.
  • Developed from consumer needs to make their presentations as professional as possible
  • Project Popperz offers a full range of project embellishments to create the best looking project possible – from letters to numbers and shapes to glitter,
  • Complements the Foam and Display Board Category for increased sales!
  • Look for NAMTA Specials

Chroma Contest News

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Round 1 Winners Chosen for Chroma’s Student Art Competition
Chroma is proud to announce the semi-finalists and popular choice winner from Round 1 of our International Student Art Competition. Students from the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom were chosen as winners. These students used Archival Oils, A.>2 Art Students’ Acrylics and Atelier Interactive Professional Artists’ Acrylics to create stunning artworks, such as semi-finalist and popular choice winner Katherine Cantrell’s The Still Life, shown here. The deadline to enter Round 2 is March 31, so encourage a student you know to enter today! To view the winning paintings or to enter the contest, visit Chroma Competition Winners.

Still Life by K. Cantrell

Still Life by K. Cantrell

Sanford Marches into Spring

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

MacPherson’s will offer special pricing on many Prismacolor, Sharpie and other Sanford displays at NAMTA. In addition to the special pricing on the displays, Sanford will also offer the following specials:

    • Display order $1,000 to $1,999 MSRP receives $25 Visa gift card
    • Display order $2,000 to $3,999 MSRP receives $50 Visa gift card
    • Display order over $4,000 to $5,999 MSRP receives $75 Visa gift card
    • Any display orders over $6,000 MSRP receives $100 Visa gift card
    • Orders must be placed at the show to receive gift cards
    • Your MacPherson’s representative can place the order at the show for you if you can not attend

  • Prismacolor will offer two BTS Value Packs this BTS in addition to a consumer rebate, further details will follow in subsequent Art Dog Blogs and from your MacPherson’s representative. Here are some of the Value Pack details:
    • The 48ct, SA3598 Prismacolor Pencil will come with a set of the SA14172, Fine Line Illustration Marker Set valued at $11.50 MSRP. This is a 15% value at MSRP to your customers
    • The SA97, 24ct Prismacolor Marker Set in a carrying case, will come with an SA1738863, 8ct. Illustration Marker Brush Set valued at $23.00 MSRP. This is a 22% value at MSRP to your customers

  • Be sure to visit the Sanford booth at NAMTA for a preview of our NEW Prismacolor Double-Ended Brush Tip Marker line. This line will feature will feature the same colors as our traditional Double-Ended Marker line with the exception of the four metallic gold and silver offerings

  • Prismacolor will soon announce details for the 2010 BTS National Merchandising Contest. The 2009 version featured a lot of creativity!

  • Be on the lookout for the new website! We have redesigned the site and incorporated innovative features. The new site will launch in late March

Golden March 2010 News

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

GOLDEN Titanium White Free – 4 oz. – All Fluid Spring Promotion
golden_titanium-white-promo-btlAs spring is often a season associated with watermedia, the Fluid Acrylics are perfect for watercolor techniques such as washes, glazing, wet-in-wet and dry brush.
Consumer Offer: Buy six 1 oz. bottles of Fluid Acrylics, or three 4 oz. bottles of Fluid Acrylics, and get a 4 oz. Fluid Titanium White FREE!
How to Participate: For every multiple of six 1 oz. Fluids or every multiple of three 4 oz. Fluids, you may order a free 4 oz. promotional bottle of Fluid Titanium White at no cost (order item GD00P2380-4.) A FREE magnetic rack header POP sign can also be ordered (item GD00P2380-S.)

For details and ordering information, please contact GOLDEN or your MacPherson’s Sales Representative.

GOLDEN Launches 40 New OPEN Acrylic Colors and 2 OPEN Mediums


The unique and highly successful line of GOLDEN OPEN Acrylics is expanding! Professional artists everywhere readily adopted the new OPEN Acrylics and quickly began asking for more colors, mediums and sizes. GOLDEN has responded with 40 more colors and two new mediums in a matte sheen. In addition, a select range of colors will now be available in 5 oz. tubes and 32 oz. jars.
•  Orders will be accepted by your MacPherson’s Sales Representative starting April 1, 2010
•  Shipping from MacPherson’s will begin mid-late May 2010
For details and ordering information, please contact your MacPherson’s Sales Representative.

NAMTA 2010
GOLDEN is a longtime supporter of the NAMTA ( trade show and will be attending in Indianapolis, IN from April 15-17. Visit us at our booth (#214) to learn more about our comprehensive product offering and get the chance to talk to GOLDEN representatives about tools and services available to you and your staff in support of the GOLDEN brand. There will also be an opportunity to engage in product demonstrations throughout the show.

New GOLDEN Videos on YouTube
If you are a subscriber to the GOLDEN YouTube site then you already know about the two new videos that were posted recently. If you are not yet a subscriber, here is the link to the Technical Information Sheet and two new videos on thinning Heavy Body Acrylics and Fluid Acrylics for airbrush and spray applications.
Golden Youtube Channel
Golden Spray Applications Tech Data

If you have any questions about any of the above information, contact your MacPherson’s Sales Representative.